January 15, 2008

Opinion of Boss Drives Most Decisions to Quit

A survey of office workers finds that bosses have more influence on their employees than salary or other factors. Almost three-fourths of survey respondents would be willing to change jobs because of their boss. U.S. workers want a boss who lets them work independently but is accessible when needed. Communication and listening skills top the qualities that respondents seek in a boss, followed by effective leadership skills and trusting that the employee will perform his or her job well, according to findings released last week. (SHRM.)

This type of data could be useful to buttress upward feedback about a problem supervisor.

Related post: When the Boss is a Bully or Jerk.

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